The Center for STEM Excellence presents a wide variety of public programs designed to help inspire young people to pursue studies and careers in science and technology.
STEM Scholars Public Lecture Series
The Sacramento State Center for STEM Excellence sponsors a four-speaker lecture series annually. Scholars discuss current topics from volcanoes to video games and share research with the community. Talks are free and are designed for a general audience. In addition to the regularly scheduled STEM lectures, the campus also hosts lecturers from off campus. Past featured speakers include Jeff Price, a biologist and a professor of geological and environmental sciences at Chico State, who was part of the team that shared the Nobel Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. Click here for more information on the STEM Scholars Lecture Series.
Expanding Your Horizons
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a national program designed to encourage young girls to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Each fall Sacramento State hosts a regional EYH conference for hundreds of 6th - 8th grade girls who enjoy a day of fun and entertaining hands-on STEM related activities. The event is open to the public and has a small registration fee. For more information on our Expanding Your Horizons Conference Click here
Battling Robot Competition
Some robots build cars, some run factories and some fight to the death. Each spring, students from Sacramento State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science sponsor the “Smackdown in Sactown Battle of the Bots.” Robots battle until they are disabled, flipped over or pushed into a hole. The Smackdown is part of the Engineering Expo, an annual event that showcases student projects including a concrete canoe, a mini Baja car, a formula race car, remote controlled helicopters and a hover craft. The Engineering Expo is free and open to the public. For more information contact Professor Susan Holl in the department of Mechanical Engineering at (916) 278-6624.
Engineering Career Fair
Each spring, more than 125 engineering or engineering-related companies visit Sacramento State for the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s annual Career Day. Companies that attended in 2007 had more than 3,500 job openings. To help students prepare for the work world, the Campus Career Center holds mock interview workshops and resume makeover seminars. For information on the career fair or workshops contact the career center at (916) 278-6231.
Each fall, the Sacramento State Geology Club sponsors a rock auction as its major fundraiser. Rock and mineral samples donated by students, faculty, local firms and mineral collectors are auctioned off to the highest bidder during silent and live auctions. Last year's auction raised over $10,000 for the club, and funds are used to support field excursions and social events. For more information on the Sacramento State Geology Club call (916) 278-6337.
Regional STEM Pipeline Summit
April 2007 - Sacramento State hosted "Building the STEM Pipeline: Partnerships for Innovation," a day-long dialogue where more than 150 industry leaders, educators, community representatives and governmental officials began to develop a strategy for expanding and strengthening the regional STEM pipeline. Click here to find out more about the Building the STEM Pipeline Summit and view graphic illustrations of the summary notes from the meeting.